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Several killed, 2,000 homes destroyed in Chile wildfire

A wildfire that ripped through parts of Chilean port city Valparaiso has claimed several lives after burning through 1,729 acres of forest and residential neighbourhoods.

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Two killed in Chile forest fire

A forest fire burns in Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, April 12, 2014. Credit: Reuters\Cesar Pincheira

A huge forest fire raging near the Chilean port of Valparaiso has killed at least two people and destroyed 500 homes, officials have said.

Thousands of people have been evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison.

Firefighters were having difficulty combating the blaze because of the topography of the city, which is surrounded by dozens of steep hills where most people live.

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